Soap & Glory ‘Thick & Fast’ HD Mascara | Review

Hello again,

Although this mascara is an old favourite, for some reason I stopped using it a while ago so I could try some new mascaras. I recently came back to it as I ended up getting two for Christmas – it must’ve been a sign…

This is a really good alternative if you’re looking for something that’s better than standard drugstore mascaras but not out of budget, like the luxury brand mascaras. It’s a nice in-betweener and it’s definitely worth the money.

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You can’t really tell from the photo because the difference is really subtle but the actual mascara brush has more strands on one side. One side has fewer thick strands and the other has more thin strands. So, one side better for separation and the other side better for volume. I start by using the side with less strands on as it applies the product more evenly. However, using just this side makes my eyelashes really thick so I always use the fluffier side to separate them.

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I find that mascaras are usually either volumising but clumpy or volumising but not lengthening so this is the perfect in-between for me. Whilst it gives my eyelashes a lot of volume, it does it without making them clump together. It also adds a great amount of length. I sometimes find that some mascaras can make my eyelashes look too long and false, because I have quite long lashes anyway.

I will suggest using an eyelash curler and then a primer with any mascara. I find it stops my eyelashes from clumping and separates my eyelashes evenly before I’ve even put any mascara on. This mascara works really well with my NYX Big and Loud Primer, which I featured on my blog not too long ago.

 

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I’ve used a lot of mascaras in the same price range as this one but there hasn’t been one that volumises and lengthens as well as this one without going over the top. I usually end up using a combination of two or three mascaras to get my eyelashes how I want them and it honestly takes me forever. However, when I use this one, it literally takes five minutes.

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You can find the mascara in Boots for £10.50 if you wanted to try it. They also still stock the original version, the Thick and Fast Mascara, if you wanted to try that one first. There’s a lot of difference between the new and old ones but they both work really well. If you wanted to try both of them, Boots are also doing an offer on Soap and Glory products so you can buy one product and get another one for half the price…

As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know if you’ve got any tips for growing your online presence…

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Courteney x

How To Increase Your Website Engagement | AD

Hello again,

Whether you’re a start-up business or a newbie blogger, the thought of having to generate traffic to your website can be quite daunting. Here is a bit of advice about how to deal with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you want to ‘get your name out there’.

Facebook

On Facebook there are so many blogging communities such as Bloggers Get Social and Bloggers Worldwide that you can join. They allow you to share your blog and discover other blogs too.

If you have the money to do so, you can also advertise with Facebook to get your name out there. You can choose the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on your ads and target them at specific people i.e. people who you think will be interested in your site. If you’re not sure how to use Facebook to grow your social media presence, social media agencies like Tekfirst in Harrogate can be approached, which serves clients all over the UK.

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Twitter

There are so many blogging communties that you can join on Twitter. Most of them host chats at least once a week which allows everyone involved to share their blog link with others afterwards. I’ve found some of my favourite bloggers by looking through the threads of these chats and joining in when I can! I’ve seen so many chats for different topics: beauty, books, mental health – there’s too many to list but there’s something there for everyone.Tweet_ballonicon2.svg.png

If you don’t wait to pay for Twitter ads to boost your engagement, a lot of bloggers offer their own advertising packages. This involves them mentioning you on their Twitter profile, RTing your Tweets and even placing a link to your blog on their blog. This is a nice alternative to advertising as you’re also helping a fellow blogger earn a living, rather than your money going to Twitter.

Instagram 

I use my Instagram story to tell my followers when I’ve posted a new blog post. I find it so much more effective than using my Snapchat story as I have a lot more followers on Instagram. You can inform people that you have a new post up on your blog and encourage them to go and visit your website. Using an image based platform like Instagram is useful for driving traffic to your website as an image can spark interest, whereas a simple link to your site won’t.instagram-1581266_960_720.jpgAs always, thank you for reading.

Let me know if you’ve got any tips for growing your online presence…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

This blog post is sponsored by Tekfirst.

NYX Big & Loud Lash Primer | Review

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Seeing as I’d run out of my Clinique Lash Building Primer, I thought I’d try a new one. I much prefer trying out new products than buying the same ones over and over again. My trust Clinique primer cost me £14 whereas my new NYX Big & Loud Lash Primer was just £5.50 so as you can imagine I was hoping that the NYX one would become my new favourite…

First and foremost, if you don’t use an eyelash primer then you must. I find that it’s a product that nobody else thinks about. People tend to forget that eyelash primers exist. Personally, I couldn’t imagine putting mascara on without a primer. It simply wouldn’t feel right.

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When I first used this primer I was a little confused. My Clinique one always coated my lashes with a thick layer of product. When I first used my NYX primer, it applied so easily that I barely noticed any product on my eyelashes. You can actually barely see it when I’ve put it on. I’m going to be honest, at this point I didn’t expect the primer to work at all because it was so different to ones I’ve used in the past.

I found that my mascara was so much easier to apply than it was with my Clinique primer. This stopped my eyelashes from going clumpy and looking too thick. This primer makes my eyelashes look a lot more natural and feminine than my previous one did.

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Once I’d applied the primer on my first eye, I let it try for a few seconds before putting my mascara on. I was actually really shocked that the primer made a difference to the application of my mascara at all.

I’ve also noticed that my mascara is a lot more long lasting when I use this primer. I used to find that bits of my mascara would flake off gradually throughout the day. Now, it stays put right up until the moment I want to take it off at night.

It’s interesting how I thought I’d hate this primer and now I couldn’t imagine doing my makeup without it. As you can probably already tell, I highly recommend this product…

As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know what your favourite eyelash primer is, I’m sure it won’t be long before this one runs out…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | Review

Hello again,

The Maybelline Lash Sensational is probably one of the most talked about mascaras in the world of blogging. I started using it about a month ago after running out of my Benefit They’re Real mascara.

I’d say the most prominent feature to this product is the fact that it’s really lengthening. Paired with a good eyelash primer, it makes my eyelashes really fluttery and feminine. It doesn’t make them look like spider legs, like a lot of lengthening mascaras tend to do, but simply enhances your natural eyelashes.

It’s not the most lengthening mascara I’ve tried, but it provides the perfect length for me. I had tried mascaras in the past that make my eyelashes ridiculously long and I hated the way it looked.

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If you’re looking for volume, this mascara probably isn’t for you. However, it doesn’t make your mascara look thin, it merely separates them in a fluttery sort of way. Because of this, this mascara never makes my eyelashes clumpy or too thick.

What I like the most is that although it separates my eyelashes, it doesn’t make them look unatural. As you can see, they’re not perfectly even like false lashes. They look exactly like my own eyelashes, with a little bit of volume and length.

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As the mascara doesn’t provide a lot of volume, I usually apply some of my Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara first. I only put one coat of it on my eyelashes before using the Maybelline Lash Sensational. Otherwise, my eyelashes will look a bit more sparse than I want them too. I feel like these two together give me everything I look for in a perfect mascara.

If you’re wondering why I’ve only skimmed over the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara – it’s because there’s a full review coming to my blog really soon.

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As you’ve probably gathered by now, this little beauty is definitely worth the hype.

As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know if you’ve tried this mascara and how you got on with it…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Monthly Favourites | November 2016

Hello again,

I’m feeling pretty smug right now because I’ve managed to upload two monthly favourites in a row. In case you’re new here, this sort of consistently is new to my blog.

Aussie Heat Protectant Spray

Since I’ve been back at uni I’ve been using a lot more heat on my hair, especially from drying it. I want to minimise the amount of damage the heat could do to my hair as much as possible so I decided to invest in a heat protectant spray. I always love Aussie’s products so I thought that this one would be a worthwhile investment. It smells really sweet, but not in a sickly way, and is really easy to spread through my hair.  I use it every time I’m about to use heat on my hair and I’ve actually noticed that it makes my hair a lot less frizzy and more soft. I feel like without this my hair would be in a much worse state.

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Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash

This is an old favourite of mine but I recently repurchased it after all of my other face washes started to run out. It was on offer in Boots for just £5.33  which is really reasonable for a product this size. I know it’ll last me ages because you only need a tiny amount for every time you use it. It’s really gently and doesn’t irritate my eyes or my skin at all.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Night Serum

I try to remember to use this every night once I’ve taken all of my makeup off and cleansed my face. Sadly, I’m not always this prepared but when I am, I really notice the difference in my skin. When I wake up after using this, my skin feels really hydrated but not in an oily way that you might expect from a serum. I suppose the fact that I have incredibly dry skin prevents this from making my face oily. All in all, this product is amazing, especially for winter. It also smells delicious.

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Prison Break

So I started re-watching Prison Break again. Aside from Pretty Little Liars, it’s my favourite series of all time. I don’t want to give anything away but I will tell you that it involves a prison and you should just watch it.

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The Body Shop nail polish in British Rose

This is an old favourite. In the bottle it looks awfully girly but when you actually use it, it’s very pale and natural. When I have it on I actually forget that it’s nail polish because it blends so well with my skin tone. I apply two coats and end up with a pretty pale pinky nude shade – I’m sorry, that’s the only way I can describe it. It’s a nice every day colour and lasts a long time.

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

This is a really new purchase for me but over the past few weeks I’ve been loving it. I saw a lot of bloggers talking about it as Rimmel have recently sent them out in PR packages. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try it. My expectations were high because I always love Rimmel’s mascaras and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s really lengthening and volumising without getting clumpy.

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Primark Facial Cleanse and Massage Brush

I’ve really upped my skincare game recently in a desperate attempt to get rid of my acne. My acne has now fully disappeared and I just have a very tiny patch of scarring to get rid of. This brush played a big part in cleaning my pores and thoroughly cleansing my face every morning and night. I noticed a substantial change in my skin after I started using it. My face feels and looks a lot smoother and even.

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As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know in the comments what some of your favourites are from this month…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Lush ‘Mask of Magnaminty’ Face Mask | Beauty Review

Hello again,

Over the past few weeks I’ve been using this new minty face mask from Lush. The shop assistant in White City told me that this is their best mask for cleaning your pores and preventing breakouts. I find that if I don’t take care of my skin and keep it clean I get acne really easily, so of course I was willing to give it a go. You can use it on your body as well as your face but I feel like this small tub would run out quickly if I used it for my face AND body.

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The mask reminds me of a really strong pack of chewing gum; It’s probably not for everyone though as it’s quite a strong, clean scent. I read that the peppermint ingredient actually stimulates the blood cells in your face which makes your skin look brighter, which is definitely something that my skin needs. As soon as autumn arrives and my tan fades, my skin feels really dull and dry so I’d say I’m definitely in need of some brightening up at the minute.

One of the things I love about this mask is the fact that it doesn’t dry like most face masks. Even after having it on my face for 15 minutes, the mask is still wet and sticky. Sometimes if I use face masks that dry quickly and feel tight on my face then my skin looks red and irritated afterwards. I don’t think there’s any point in investing in a product that’s just doing to dry out your face. This is by far the most gentle but still the most effective face mask I’ve ever used. I even love it more than my Lush Cup O’ Coffee mask, which I didn’t think would ever happen.

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At the minute I don’t actually have any spots, but I do have a little bit of scarring on one of my cheeks from having them previously. I’ve found that since I’ve been using this face mask, the redness on my cheeks is slowly disappearing. Another thing that I love about it is I only have to use it once or twice a week for it to make a difference to my skin. I usually apply it after I’ve been to the gym because my skin’s always a sweaty mess. Sometimes, just washing your face isn’t enough.

I’ll definitely buy this again once I’ve finished it, especially seeing as it was only a little over £6. Compared to other face masks I’ve tried and heart about, it definitely seems like the best value for money.

Thanks for reading!

Let me know if you have any face mask recommendations because I’m sure this one won’t last for long…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

 

 

Introducing… ResMed’s S+ Sleep Tracker

Hello again,

So today’s blog post is a little different…

For the past month or so I’ve been testing out a sleep tracker to try and improve the amount and quality of sleep that I’m getting each night. The S+ tracks every stage of the sleep cycle by monitoring your breathing and eye movement using a sensor.

ResMed kindly sent me this product after reading on my blog that I’ve been struggling to sleep recently. So, using the S+ app on my iPhone, the sleep tracker gives me charts each morning that analyse my sleep cycle from the previous night.

I’m going to be honest. The first night I tried to use the S+ I thought I was using it properly but found out the next morning that I hadn’t even pressed ‘Sleep’ on the app. A rookie mistake, I know.

Finally, after about a week of forgetting to plug it in or accidentally switching it off in the night, I started to get the hang of it.

Pre-Sleep

Before telling the S+ that you want to go to sleep, it asks you to fill in some details about your day, which could explain why you’re not getting enough sleep. Before falling asleep, you can also choose the “Mind Clear” program which helps to relax you so you’re not stressed before you try to sleep. This may reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep.

Post-Sleep

When you wake up, you will see a graph on the app showing levels of deep sleep, light sleep, eye movement and disruptions. Afterwards, you receive advice on how your night’s sleep could be improved. I usually get told to make my room darker and to drink less caffeine.

My Sleep

As you can see, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. Recently I’ve been waking up a lot and have struggled to fall into a deep sleep as I have a throat infection.

A perfect night’s sleep would give you a score of 100. As you can see, my score is a pretty poor 64. To be fair, it has been around the 30/40 mark a few times so it could be worse. This chart breaks down my night’s sleep: deep sleep, light sleep, rapid eye movement (REM) and the time I spent trying to fall asleep.

Since I’ve been using the S+ I’ve been paying a lot more attention to how much sleep I’m getting and have actually started bothering to care about the quality of my sleep. So, I would say that my sleep has improved since I’ve had the sleep tracker.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what the S+ does then you can read more about it on ResMed’s website or comment any questions you want to ask me about my experience with it.

Please note that the S+ is by no means a medical solution for you not being able to sleep, it quite simply helps you manage your time and make informed lifestyle choices to help you sleep better.

Thank you for reading!

Let me know if you’ve tried a sleep tracker before and what you think of them. If not, tell me one thing that helps you to fall asleep…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x